Do you need urgent help?

If you need to speak to someone right now, here are some confidential options which provide 24/7 support.  If you're worried you might hurt yourself or someone else, please call 999, or go to your nearest A and E.

Lifeline

For people who are experiencing distress or despair.

0808 808 8000

Childline

Helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

0800 1111

Samaritans

24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You don't have to be suicidal to call us

Your Physical Health

It can be tough looking after our physical health, whether or not we have a mental health issue. Here's some tips on taking care of your health.

Your Physical Health

If we have a mental illness it can sometimes be hard to find the time or energy to look after our physical health. Sometimes our medication can cause physical side effects like weight gain or diabetes.

But our mental health can be affected by our physical health. For example, moving our body can make us feel calm and improve our mood. On the other hand, drinking alcohol or not getting enough sleep can make us feel worse.

What can I do to look after my physical health?

How can I get support to look after my physical health?

  • Taking steps to look after our physical health can feel overwhelming. But there are places we can go for more support.

  • Support from our GP. Doctors can offer support with lots of physical health issues, including stopping smoking, eating healthily and exercising.

  • Exercise on prescription. Doctors can prescribe exercise. This means we may be able to get a gym or swimming pool membership for a cheaper price or even for free.

  • Join an exercise group. Exercising with other people can help us get going. Lots of local groups are friendly and welcoming. Some people find it helpful to go along with a friend or support worker at first. Emailing or calling the group before you go can help us make sure it is right for us. Sport Northern Ireland has more information to help us get started. Schools, colleges and universities you might have sports groups for students to join.

  • Join a support group. We might want to think about attending a support group for quitting smoking, alcohol or drugs. Doctors will have more information on local groups.

  • Finding other peer support. Whether we are taking up a new sport or trying to quit smoking, it’s easier with company. We could ask a friend if they would like to join us. An online peer support group like Elefriends might also help us to find people in the same situation.

  • Avoiding difficult situations. Sometimes we can find ourselves in situations where other people are drinking, smoking or taking drugs. We might try to avoid these situations if possible.

  • Ask someone to come with us. If we’re nervous about appointments, it might help to ask someone to come with us.